NHS CPCS Clinical Training

How confident are you in managing clinical conditions referred to you via the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service?

Throughout 2022, our programme of interactive two-part webinar courses will look at core clinical areas, to give you the skills to diagnose, intervene, and help patients directly.

Last call for our Dermatology workshops!

Due to cancellations, there are a final few places available on our NHS CPCS Clinical Skills Workshops: Dermatology.

Find out more and book your place

Course #3 - Respiratory

October-November 2022

A medical model of the lungs

One in five people in England are affected by respiratory disease. Our Respiratory CPCS Clinical Training Course will enable you to reduce some of the burden on your fellow healthcare professionals.

This course will teach you how to assess patients who have a cough and other common respiratory conditions. You'll learn how to spot red flags for more serious conditions or illnesses, but also when to refer to other care providers.

80% of diagnoses are made through history-taking, so we'll give you a thorough grounding in observation and questioning skills, to assess patients with different respiratory conditions.

You’ll learn the anatomy of the respiratory system, different treatments for conditions, as well as when and how to signpost patients to other professionals.

With hospital admissions for lung disease rising at three times the rate of all admissions generally over the past seven years, respiratory diseases are a major pressure on the NHS, especially in winter.

Who are these courses for?

Our clinical training courses are for every community pharmacist in England who wants to do more to help their patients.

If you've thought, “I could do more if I knew more!” then this free course is for you.

When are sessions available?

Respiratory session 1:

  • Wednesday 5 October, 7pm - 9pm
  • Sunday 9 October, 9.30am - 11.30am
  • Tuesday 1 November, 7pm - 9pm
  • Thursday 24 November, 9.30am - 11.30am

Respiratory session 2:

  • Wednesday 12 October, 7pm - 9pm
  • Sunday 16 October, 9.30am - 11.30am
  • Tuesday 8 November, 7pm - 9pm
  • Thursday 1 December, 9.30am - 11.30am


Meet some of our tutors...

Ravijyot Saggu
Ravijyot Saggu

Job: Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s fellow, NHS England and Improvement

About: I have a hospital background (Medicine & Emergency services with a speciality in Respiratory medicine) and I am also an honorary clinical lecturer for the London School of Pharmacy (UCL). I am passionate about respiratory care, as chair of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association respiratory committee.

Dr Sam Bartlett
Dr Sam Bartlett

Job: Respiratory Registrar

About: I am a respiratory registrar in London and have spent time at the Royal Brompton and Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals.  I enjoy clinical education and spent a year as a teaching fellow at Imperial College, where I completed a post-graduate certificate in medical education.

Future courses

Future courses within our CPCS Clinical Training Programme will cover:

  • Women’s health
  • Paediatrics
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills.
Watch this page for more details throughout 2022

Operational Training

How it works - NHS CPCS

Want to improve your understanding of how CPCS works and how best to support your patients?

Watch our pre-recorded webinars and learn from expert speakers how you can successfully support the CPCS service in your pharmacy operationally - everything from receiving a referral to treating your patients.

Pharmoutcomes Masterclass webinar

Implementing CPCS in your Pharmacy Teams webinar

Open to RPS Members and Non-Members.

"This was an excellent balance of group discussion, sharing best practice and interaction"

"Great facilitators made it relevant and therefore particularly useful.
I would certainly recommend CPCS to other pharmacists."

"I’m very grateful to all the clinical facilitators/hosts"

"They provided excellent live session training and sharing their wealth of professional experience in patient consultation cases. I will revisit and reflect further on my existing history taking skills, investigations and techniques for ongoing improvement."

"The facilitators were very good"

"They obviously valued pharmacy and pharmacists’ abilities as part of the community team."

"I thought it was all excellent"

"The best thing for me was getting input and feedback from the GP and practice nurse and paramedic."

"This was an excellent balance of group discussion, sharing best practice and interaction"

"Great facilitators made it relevant and therefore particularly useful. Would certainly recommend to other pharmacists."

Questions about our CPCS programme?

If you have any questions about any aspect of our CPCS training or about your sessions booking, our Events team can be reached at [email protected]

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Saving lives through consultation skills

Amul Mistry

Amul Mistry from Lees, saved a patient's life with his CPCS skills.

"As a community pharmacist, I felt that I already had good consultation skills.

"The training I received on consultation skills by the RPS [...]encouraged me to take time to listen to my patient and her concerns. Even though the patient did not display any of the classic symptoms of a MI, something was telling me that something was not quite right! "

Read the full story in his blog post - Saving lives through consultation skills